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All 10 results for boris speaker:Edward Balls

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (2 Sep 2014)

Edward Balls: ...s policy on Europe “has already, and is increasingly, causing real concern for business regarding their future investment”. Yet the Chancellor is flirting with exit. We know what has changed: Boris Johnson has said that he is returning to Westminster and that he is flirting with exit, and—surprise, surprise—the Chancellor is too. Let me ask the Chancellor this. I want reform in...

Amendment of the Law (20 Mar 2014)

Edward Balls: ...they are keeping their jobs, whether they will be able to afford the electricity bill and how much it costs to fill the car these days,” all the Tories seem to be doing is “talking about Boris.” She went on: “We need to stop talking about ourselves and talk about the things that really matter to people. Otherwise we will be seen as out of touch, and Labour’s message will...

Amendment of the Law (20 Mar 2014)

Edward Balls: ...that that has got to change—we say “Hear, hear” to that, Mr Deputy Speaker. However, we all know what he was really trying to say through the pages of the Financial Times. He was saying, “Boris is a toff because he went to Eton, but George is a pleb because he only went to St Paul’s.” The Tory party is having a class war with itself. An Etonian elite has grabbed hold of the...

Amendment of the Law (20 Mar 2014)

Edward Balls: long-term youth unemployment since 2010, which she is doing nothing about? As for the idea that class war will not wash, if I were the Chancellor I would try to find a different way to take on Boris, as I do not think this way will work. There is a cost of living crisis, we do not have a balanced recovery, and all this complacent Chancellor does is play party politics in the Tory party....

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (11 Sep 2012)

Edward Balls: ...would secure the recovery and get borrowing down. So let me ask the Chancellor this. The International Monetary Fund, the British Chambers of Commerce, the TUC, the engineering employers and even Boris Johnson are now calling for action to kick-start the recovery. Is it not time the Chancellor did something the public might cheer: admit he has got it wrong, change course and finally get a...

Debate on the Address: Jobs and Growth (17 May 2012)

Edward Balls: ...; that saying that the economy was “out of the danger zone” was smart forecasting; and that cutting the top rate of tax in this Budget would wrong-foot Labour, and outfox his leadership rival Boris Johnson too. With judgment like that, perhaps the Conservative party does not need just a new political strategist; perhaps it needs a new Chancellor too.

Chancellor of the Exchequer: The Economy (6 Dec 2011)

Edward Balls: ...George has no agenda. I have never heard any talk of a timetable,’” said an ally, ‘“But the unspoken assumption is that the party would be a lot safer in George’s hands than with bonking Boris.’”

Opposition Day — (Un-allotted Day): Jobs and Growth (12 Oct 2011)

Edward Balls: “Jesse is the Clark Kent of British politics.” Unfortunately, that was said by the other candidate for the leadership of the Conservative party, Boris Johnson. What an endorsement for the hon. Gentleman to have on his own website! The fact is that the deficit reduction plan is going too far—

Opposition Day — (Un-allotted Day): Jobs and Growth (12 Oct 2011)

Edward Balls: ...Thursday that he was “more at the Ed Balls end of the argument than the George Osborne end of the argument.” In saying that—Superman will like this—he joined me and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in urging a change of course. Charles Kennedy, Boris Johnson and me—now that would be a coalition. It is clear that the plan is not working. The markets know it, and so,...

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted day]: Department for Children, Schools and Families (10 Oct 2007)

Edward Balls: ...chum and putative Mayor of London, the hon. Member for Henley (Mr. Johnson), in which he called for a return to—and I can quote him exactly—"good, old-fashioned academic selection". Good old Boris! I have to say to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath that if he is genuine in his support for our mission to drive up standards for all children and to give every child the best possible start...

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